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Easy Zippers

  • Easy Zippers provides detailed, step by step instructions on how to insert 5 types of zippers using the Islander Industrial Shortcut Techniques you’ve come to rely on for faster, easier and professional results. Produced by Janet Pray, owner of Islander Sewing Systems™, and featuring Janet and guest Rosebud. You will learn how to insert a slot, lap, invisible, traditional fly and mock fly zipper, all without pinning or basting. It’s like having Janet and Rosebud with you at your sewing machine. Discover why traditional zipper methods only increase the anxiety level and produce the “homemade” look. But best of all, learn how to overcome those obstacles to yield professional results, easily.

Galaxy 1

  • Galaxy 1 class continues with more techniques, hints, and tips from Margaret Islander’s vast wealth of skills! There are no repeats from previous classes – simply information that builds on what was taught in the Industrial Shortcuts, Shirts, Etc.! and Pants, Etc.! Expand your repertoire of industry methods with the most comprehensive instruction of its kind! You will learn high cap sleeve setting, pattern preparation secrets, perfect parallel pleats and tucks, “no gap” sculptured necklines, contoured shoulder pads, beautiful lined pants and sew much more!

Galaxy 2

  • Galaxy 2 class continues with more techniques, hints, and tips from Margaret Islander’s vast wealth of skills! There are no repeats from previous classes – simply information that builds on what was taught in the Industrial Shortcuts, Shirts, Etc.! and Pants, Etc.! Expand your repertoire of industry methods with the most comprehensive instruction of its kind! You will learn a 2-piece bound buttonhole with a different twist, Margaret’s answer to “stitch in the ditch”, add on lengthening and piecing, non-roll kimono and similar bands, nNo-bulk waistbands, inset yokes, pattern changes for larger or smaller buttons, specialty hems, sharp pleat hemming, factory method Western yokes and much, much more!

Galaxy 3

  • Galaxy 3 class continues with more techniques, hints, and tips from Margaret Islander’s vast wealth of skills! There are no repeats from previous classes – simply information that builds on what was taught in the Industrial Shortcuts, Shirts, Etc.! and Pants, Etc.! Expand your repertoire of industry methods with the most comprehensive instruction of its kind! You will learn simple mitering and double mitered bindings for any angle or trajectory – (no guess-work perfect formula), more bound buttonholes for lightweight crisp fabrics,
    altering collars and necklines, turning your adjusted or drafted pant pattern into perfectly fitting no-side seam pants and much, much more!

Galaxy 4

  • Galaxy 4 class continues with more techniques, hints, and tips from Margaret Islander’s vast wealth of skills! There are no repeats from previous classes – simply information that builds on what was taught in the Industrial Shortcuts, Shirts, Etc.! and Pants, Etc.! Expand your repertoire of industry methods with the most comprehensive instruction of its kind! You will learn quick, easy, perfect-corded loop buttonholes, perfect trim insertion, machine smocking (including pattern adaptation),  new design capability with ethnic fullness control, spun cording to spark new texture ideas, turning a favorite skirt into a coulotte or divided skirt and much, much more!

Industrial Shortcuts

  • Industrial Shortcuts is true professional techniques for garment sewing and it’s our signature class. Using extensive close-ups Margaret reveals the exact relationship between the operator’s hands, material and equipment. The techniques revealed in this program are so simple that, believe it or not, they were all performed without the use of a single pin or basting thread! (116 minutes) This class covers: Cutting, know your machine, curves and crimping, fearless pockets, darts, zippers and waistbands, lined bodice, mitering, flat felled seams and MORE!

Pants, Etc 

  •  In this class Margaret Islander brings the magic of her nationally recognized sewing systems to Pants, Etc!, where you will learn to make the best fitting pair of pants you have ever owned. Included with your registration is the complete the workbook of the same title. By drafting your own pants you’ll no longer have to alter commercial patterns or ready-made pants. It’s easy too! No special design or math skills are necessary. All you need are your personal measurements, a ruler, pen and paper. With characteristic enthusiasm and insight, Islander shows you how to draft the only pant pattern that is really “you”. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself practicing on friends and family just for the fun of it!

Shirts, Etc

  •  Margaret Islander’s Shirts, Etc.!, reveals industrial sewing secrets and “desperation” techniques that give you professional-looking top-quality shirts for men and women. All of the techniques you’ll learn will work just as well on other sewing projects. No pins – No basting – No Kidding!
  • You’ll Learn: Pattern preparation, cutting, seam allowance tips, facings, pockets, yokes, 2-piece collar and band, sleeve setting, sleeve plackets, cuffs, bias front band, pressing and more!